• The Hippopotamus

    Directed by John Jencks
    UK | 90 minutes | North American Premiere | Special Presentation

  • The Hippopotamus

    Directed by John Jencks
    UK | 90 minutes | North American Premiere | Special Presentation

  • The Hippopotamus

    Directed by John Jencks
    UK | 90 minutes | North American Premiere | Special Presentation

A country manor mystery that’s actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, adapted from Stephen Fry’s best-seller. A disgraced poet and all-round drunken sot, Ted is invited to his friend Lord Logan’s estate, and investigates a spate of “miracle” healings attributed to Logan’s teenage son.

film synopsis

A country manor mystery that's actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend's country estate, Swafford Hall.

A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts' teenage son, Ted's godson, David (Tommy Knight). Lord and Lady Logan are set on sharing their boy's "gift" with the world, blissfully unaware that his "laying on of hands" trick involves, well, an emphasis on "laying." At odds with a colorful party of fellow guests only too ready to swallow anything they're told, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax and save the young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.

Schedule

January 14, 2017 6:30 PM Palm Springs High School Tickets not available
January 15, 2017 10:00 AM Palm Springs High School Tickets not available

film details

Country: UK
Year: 2015
Running Time: 90 minutes
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Language: English
Director: John Jencks
Producers: Alexa Seligman, Jay Taylor
Principal Cast: Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Tommy Knight, Fiona Shaw, Geraldine Somerville
Cinematographers: Angus Hudson
Editor: John Richards, Robin Hill
Music: Samuel Karl Bohn, Antonio Sanchez
Screenwriter: Tom Hodgson, Blanche McIntyre

guests in attendance

John Jencks – Director

Matthew Modine – Actor

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